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Just an Editing Tip

I just called to say hello. I just need a moment of your time. I’m just writing to ask…

Let’s take just a few minutes to talk about the word just. The word seems inconsequential and innocent enough, but it has a way of weaseling itself into one’s writing and speaking and, when it does, it undermines the meaning and strength of what you’re trying to say.

Take a look at this interesting article I found about the use of the word just. You might be surprised at who is using the word the most and how often.

What about you? Do you find yourself using the word just a lot? If so, what makes you use it? The next time you write an email or a story, do a search for the “J” word and see if the word has infiltrated your work and diluted your message.

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